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good morning, america. happening now, triple-comeback. brand-new information this morning that america may finally be getting back on track. home prices are the highest in two years. gas prices down. and signs that people are about to start spending money again. and developing now. stunning new numbers out of the battleground states. president obama breaking away from mitt romney in key regions with just 41 days to go. is romney poised to lose in must-win ohio? party animal. how about this startling new twist on children's parties. that's right. that's a five-foot alligator in the pool with 8-year-olds. it's just $175. why the man behind it says it's all good, clean fun. flaunting it. lady gaga responds to her critics for gaining weight by revealing more than she has before.
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posting candid snapshots online and opening up about her most personal struggle ever. could her opening up change the way that young girls look at their bodies? ♪ i'm on the right track baby i was born this way ♪ and good morning, everyone. happy wednesday. robin on her medical leave today. glad to have amy robach here with us. >> thank you. >> the whole gang here. a lot to get to today, including a showdown at the u.n., just hours from now. there's president ahmadinejad, of iran. he's set to address the general assembly, one day after president obama told the council that iran cannot get a nuclear weapon. the iranian president always throws rhetorical bombs, so we'll see what he says. >> this is his last address to the u.n. as president. we'll have more on what we can expect from him. we'll also look at the latest on the stunning football fiasco. the nfl standing by that hugely controversial call. will the firestorm over all of
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this end the lockout for the refs? >> actually -- >> for the good of sam. for the good of sam, end it. end it. sam can't rest. >> interception. interception, over and over. >> yes. >> one thing the presidential candidates could agree on yesterday. can't wait for this today, either. it's our abc news exclusive interview with j.k. rowling, her new book and the personal secret she's never revealed until now. and "modern family" taking over "gma." julie bowen is with us. she has the emmy. and now, she has us. that lucky girl. >> we are looking forward to that. a whole lot coming up. let's start with the good news on the economy from josh. >> we're going to begin there. very important news there affecting millions of americans. new indications this morning that home values, a key factor in the economic recovery, are on the rise. but who is benefitting the most? abc's rob nelson looking at trends. good morning to you, rob. >> good morning, josh.
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really big news for so many folks out there. we got data from the 20 biggest cities in the country. and it's good news to tell you this morning. home prices have posted the strongest gains since 2005, seven years ago before the recession. in the first seven months of this year, prices in those cities have gone up nearly 6%. on top of that, some of the biggest gains in value are coming at the low end of the housing market. that means the less expensive homes, hit hardest by the downturn. we're not out of the woods just yet. a few miles left to go. prices are still down 30%, compared to before the recession. but every improvement helps boost homeowners' confidence. that makes them a lot more likely to start spending money again. some reasons to be encouraged, josh. >> cautious optimism, if nothing else. thank you far that, rob. also, those folks are going to have more money in their pocket because they are saving at the gas station. overnight, aaa reported that gas prices have dropped again. national average is now $3.80 per gallon. despite that good news, wall
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street suffered the worst day in three months yesterday. thousands of protesters clashing with police in spain. demonstrating against severe budget cuts and tax increases being imposed by the spanish government. breaking overnight, two more american soldiers have been killed in afghanistan. they died this morning at the hands of a suicide attacker in the volatile logar province. it is in the eastern part of the country. meanwhile here at home, federal agents have been called in to investigate a string of homemade bombs found in indiana. one of the devices exploded outside the home of democratic congressional candidate brendan mullen. it had been placed near his mailbox. three similar bombs were found in the area. we're just getting word that andy williams has died. he signed in the '60s, what was then the biggest recordi ining
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contract in history. he owned the moon river theater. he died of cancer. he was 84 years old. and a bizarre sight here after a vicious storm in scotland. it's a phenomenon that occurs when sand and water are stirred up by strong winds. locals stunned there. homes, cars, even pets, left blanketed in the white stuff. there was no foam in sight when these pictures were snapped. take a look. they're going viral this morning. a group of surfers had unexpected company off the australian coast. a pod of curious and playful dolphins. at first, only two jumped in. it didn't take long for the rest of the pod to get involved. and if you look closely, there's matt gutman. right there. you can see him. he's just off to the right, in the wet suit. no. it's a beautiful sight. for surfers, when you see the fin, you hope it's a dolphin. always hoping it's a dolphin. >> josh, thanks so much.
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and now, to the showdown over iran, after president obama's harsh words aimed at iran tuesday. now, president ahmadinejad about to take center stage. and abc's jon karl is tracking the latest from the white house. jon? >> reporter: amy, president ahmadinejad has been putting on quite a show in new york. in an interview overnight, he called for an end to what he is calling the american empire. he has done a blizzard of other interviews, predicting the elimination of israel. these are words that are taken especially seriously here at the white house and in israel. because iran is believed to be closer than it has ever been to having the ability to develop nuclear weapons. you heard from the president, a much harsher tone coming from this white house. saying the time for diplomacy is not unlimited. amy? >> jon karl with the latest from the white house. thanks so much. george? >> okay, amy, thanks. the race for the white house now. "your voice, your vote." and a bunch of new polls show mitt romney has his back to the wall with just 41 days to go. he's behind in all the key battlegrounds. none more important than the buckeye state, ohio. and david muir starts us off
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from there this morning. good morning, david. >> reporter: great to see you. and the new poll numbers you speak of have daunting numbers for mitt romney. down, trailing the president by ten points in ohio. nine points behind the president in florida. both states he desperately needs. that's why romney is here in ohio today. but so is the president. dueling rallies in the buckeye battleground. ♪ the boys are back in town >> reporter: together on the trail for the first time in more than a month, mitt romney and paul ryan looking to halt the president's lead in ohio. no republican has won the white house without it. >> o-h! >> all: i-o! >> reporter: in front of that ohio crowd, what appeared to be a sudden shift from romney, in one of his key arguments. after repeatedly saying president obama raised taxes during his first term -- >> the president has now raised
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taxes on the middle class. he's raised taxes on middle-income americans. >> reporter: suddenly, romney was saying the president hasn't raised taxes. >> he has one new idea. i admit this. he has one thing he did not do in his first four years that he's said he's going to do in the next four years, which is to raise taxes. >> reporter: romney's comments made immediate headlines that the president has not raised income tax rates in his first term. he is proposing raising rates on families making $250,000 or more. the romney campaign, saying that's what he was talking about. and governor romney trying to manage expectations for his next big moment. one week from tonight, the first debate with the president. >> the president is an eloquent gifted speaker. he'll do just fine. i've never been in a debate like this. >> reporter: his wife, ann, talking about the last time turning to humor. >> four years ago, i made a videotape. and i said, mitt, this is for you, sweetheart. i'm never doing this again. and he looked at it. and then he said, you know, ann, you say that after every pregnancy. >> reporter: some humor from ann romney overnight. this campaign tells me they believe the race, particularly here in ohio, is closer than these polls indicate. but they need a game-changing moment, george. they acknowledge that. and it could come one week from tonight. as i mentioned, the debate.
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but you heard mitt romney overnight trying to manage expectations in the days leading up to it. >> he sure is. thanks, david. let's get more from our newest political analyst, nicolle wallace, veteran of the bush white house and the 2008 mccain-palin campaign. let's start with the three states. so much comes down to ohio, florida, virginia. we have the map right there, right now. mitt romney has to win 2 out of 3 of those states. he's behind in all three right now. >> you're going hear a lot about what is mathematically possible. what is mathematically possible usually isn't politically realistic. they have to plant a flag in ohio and fight like crazy. they're going to have to fight like mad to bring that ohio number closer. i believe them when they say that they're probably not ten back or eight back. but they're behind. and they acknowledge that. they're going to have to plant a flag in florida, too. you cannot win without those two states. >> a republican cannot do that.
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that's why they're spending three days in ohio this week. another new poll number out from our "washington post" poll this morning, showing views and perceptions of the romney campaign. this is pretty significant as well. 61% have an unfavorable view of the romney campaign. so much of governor romney's troubles in the last couple of weeks have been perceptions of his campaign, errors by his campaign. >> if he were a sitting governor, that wouldn't matter too much because voters would have another window into how he runs things. but his campaign is now in need of the same kind of turnaround that the salt lake city olympics were in need of when he landed there. and i think the same traits he was able to display when he took the olympics, which were in disarray, it's part of his brand. part of how he won this nomination on the republican side. he needs to apply those same turnaround skills to his campaign. >> so much more on him personally now. a week from now, that debate. as david said, he's trying to manage expectations. but that has to reset the entire campaign. >> i'm reminded of 2004, when i was on the bush campaign.
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and we had done a great job painting john kerry as a flip-flopper. john kerry took the stage with president bush, he stood shoulder to shoulder, and he really -- he kicked our rear ends. and the polls tightened right up. >> nicolle wallace, thanks very much. amy? now, to the latest on that hugely controversial call at the end of the seahawks/packer game monday night. the fury over it could help end the referee lockout. this morning, we're learning more about the stand-in refs who made that call. abc's dan harris is here with more. dan, are they in hiding? >> no. but a lot of people say unfortunately not. the uproar over the replacement refs and that now infamous call may finally force the nfl and the regular refs to end their labor disputes. this morning, the two sides are reportedly back at the table. >> the wilson loft to the end zone. which, it is -- >> reporter: you know it's a bad call when the president himself calls it terrible. and republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan agrees. >> it is time to get the real
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refs. >> reporter: it happened monday night. the hail mary pass and the question, who caught it? the green bay packer defender? or the seattle seahawks receiver? and look at the two replacement referees standing over the scrum. one calling it a touchdown for seattle. the other signaling something entirely different. >> it's a joke. the whole thing's a joke. >> you're really into the game. you want to see it done properly. >> reporter: on tuesday, the nfl stood by the decision to give the touchdown to seattle. but that did nothing to quell the uproar, which is a climax of weeks of frustration, over the replacement refs, brought in by the league while the regular refs are locked in a labor dispute. experts say the situation is damaging the integrity of the sport. >> they're put in a tough spot. they weren't prepared for this. it's like a rookie football player. they make errors. >> reporter: who are the replacement refs? >> have to get this straightened out. >> reporter: according to espn, the man who called the touchdown is a local executive for bank of america, who has only officiated high school and junior college
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football games. we also learned that other replacement refs, not involved in last night's game, had experience officiating things like six-man high school football, professional poker, and was one fired from something called the lingerie football league for incompetence. and now -- ♪ it's calling a whistle blowing ♪ >> reporter: let the parodies began. ♪ i just met you that play was crazy ♪ ♪ what's his number i'll call it maybe ♪ >> reporter: no word on carly rae jepsen's reaction to that call. we should say, not everybody is upset. there's a lot of people in seattle who love that call. and here's another way to gauge the impact of this call. in one fell swoop, it shifted an estimated $150 million to $250 million in bets among gamblers across the planet. >> wow. >> it's a lot of money. >> can you imagine if you're one of those two refs in bed this morning. your doors are locked. your shades are down. >> depends on where you live.
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>> if you live in seattle, open the front door. >> thanks very much. now, to a record-shattering headline for u.s. airlines. they've collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees in the first half of this year alone, more than ever before. and john schriffen tells us why passengers should not expect relief soon. good morning, john. >> reporter: george, good morning. it seems like the airline industry has been able to counteract of the rising costs of fuel and fewer passengers flying. the airline industry has posted a profit in the past five quarters. a big reason for that, those bag fees. and this year, they're on pace to rake in close to $4 billion. your bags are now big business. from carry-ons, to oversized items, u.s. airlines are raking in record revenues from the fees they charge on luggage. >> used to be able to take on a 50-pound bag for free. now it's 25, 30 bucks. so -- it doesn't surprise me.
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>> i'm frustrated. i'm really frustrated. it seems like things keep going up and up and up. >> reporter: a new federal report says those fees, starting at $25, added up to $1.7 billion in just the first half of this year. the most ever. topping that list, delta airlines, recording nearly $430 million. number two, united airlines at $351 million. >> fees are not going to go away. if anything, they're going to get higher. >> reporter: these record-setting profits are a rare bright spot in an industry, suffering turbulence from rising oil prices and rising labor costs. the hardest hit, american airlines. the bankrupt company is locked in a labor dispute with its pilots, causing cancellations, delays, and fury among passengers. but luggage fees helped the airline rake in $288 million so far this year.
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>> in some cases, the fees, i think they should just charge more for the tickets. >> reporter: despite the money those fees generate, one airline is take customer feelings to heart. >> the other airlines versus southwest. >> reporter: this new ad from southwest is promoting their "bags fly free" policy, as a way to gain customer business. >> you gotta give it up. bags fly free. >> reporter: now, the airline industry says these added fees are actually beneficial to the consumer. this way, you only pay for what you use, instead of everything being included in the ticket price. one airline about to raise their prices, spirit airline. at $33, they already charge the highest price for a checked bag. but their $35 fee for a carry-on bag is expected to go up by thanksgiving. to, get this, george, $100 per bag. >> $100 for a carry-on at thanksgiving? oh, my gosh. >> oh, my gosh. >> okay, john, thanks very much. >> that's what they're expecting. >> i'm angry. let's go to a good story. >> yeah.
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>> this is a feel-good story. i love this next one. it's about a teenager, turned lifesaver. a 14-year-old who raced into a house fire with his dad to rescue family trapped inside. the teen climbed up a ladder to an upstairs room where an 8-year-old was stuck. and now, they're being reunited. neal karlinsky has the story. >> reporter: when the call came into 911, the fire was raging. and time was running out. still inside, 8-year-old cody. >> is everyone out of the house? >> no, my son's inside a room. >> can you get your son out? >> yeah. we tried to. he locked the door, but he won't open it. >> reporter: down the street, 14-year-old marcos ugarte and his dad saw the flames and sprung into action. the trapped boy's father and eduardo ugarte tried to get to cody. the 8-year-old, stuck behind his locked bedroom door. >> it was really intense hot. if you stood up, you couldn't breathe at all. you couldn't see your hand. >> reporter: outside, cody's quick-thinking grandmother grabbed a latter.
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and it was 14-year-old marcos who jumped in to help. >> i just grabbed the ladder. >> reporter: without giving it a second thought, he climbed the burning house to the second floor, busted out the window, and found a terrified cody standing inside. >> and i was like, it's okay. come on, come on, you'll be fine. i got you. he came out. and then, we just walked down. >> everybody's calling him a hero. and i've known that since he was a baby. >> reporter: the battalion chief said he's not seen anything like it. >> you don't see a 14-year-old think about that. and be able to have the composure under those circumstances. >> reporter: a day later, we were there for the reunion. >> thank you for saving my son's life last night. >> you're welcome. you're welcome. >> reporter: a lucky 8-year-old and his family and the teenaged hero, who, when faced with danger, went towards it. >> i'm glad i got him out, too. that you're all safe and weren't hurt. >> reporter: for "good morning america," neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> and this morning, young sir,
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"gma" salutes you. let's get to the boards. we're going to talk a little bit about what happens with the severe storms in the middle of the country. yesterday, seven tornadoes reported. and a lot of hail reports. there were 73 severe reports out of that line of strong storms. and that tornado did damage, as well. it's likely we'll see some strong storms pick up today. this is the second strong storm season. we normally get one in spring. another one in fall. cincinnati, washington, philadelphia, getting storms today. wichita, oklahoma city, as well. look at the big board. those are the two spots where the storms are going to happen.
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>> the list of rainy cities brought to you by walmart. more weather in the next half hour, everybody. >> thank you, sam. coming up on "gma," would you let your kids swim with a five-foot alligator? we'll hear from the man behind the jaw-dropping video at this pool party. plus, lady gaga's new fight. the superstar lashing back at critics about her weight gain by posting candid photos online. how she's trying to change the way everyone thinks about bodies. and an abc news exclusive. j.k. rowling has a novel now for adults. or or adults.
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investigators say she fought back and ran back-to-school. police linked him to two other incidents near other schools that day. san mateo bridge eastbound doesn't show here in our live shot at the toll lane two blocked with three-car accident. beyond that traffic lightheaded eastbound. westbound a little sluggish towards the highrise to foster city. new accident south 101 at the guadalupe park highway 87 just being cheered to the shoulder. >> w
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welcome back. vollmer peak towards hazey mount diablo today hazy sunshine. 3/4 mile visibility at santa rosa one and a half novato flight arrival delays at sfo because of the fog. 50s now, destination 80s east bay valleys, 70s bay, 60s coast. temperatures below average again today, much warmer
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♪ we were hopping and bopping to the crocodile rock ♪ never has "crocodile rock" been so appropriated. there's a pool party down in florida, where they are playing with an alligator. would you let your kids do that? i think we have unanimity here on the set. we want to know what you think. we're going to get into that. >> what are fingers anyway? >> we had an alligator at harper's birthday party. >> you did? >> not with everybody in the pool. >> you pass it around, with the -- >> it could be an educational experience, properly handled. >> that's what they say is happening here, as well. so we'll get to the bottom of it. amy robach, glad to have you here, this morning. >> thank you very much. and lady gaga is firing back at her critics for talked about her weight gain. by launching what she's calling a body revolution.
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she's putting candid shots online of her body. and she wants others to do the same. is she trying to change the way people think about their body. i think she looks great in those photos, by the way. the celebrated author in the harry potter phenomenon, out with an adult novel. i should say a novel for adults. j.k. rowling. >> thank you. >> that sounds like an xxx. >> thank you, george. >> she's talking to cynthia mcfadden. we have "modern family," taking over "gma." all week. today. >> it's emmy winner julie bowen. she's here. and i understand, so is her emmy dress. we can discuss that couture gown. >> it was beautiful. it was a lovely dress. >> that was my -- that was my top two. >> chartreuse took over the red carpet. >> are you playing a drinking game with chartreuse? >> we've got to commit.
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we've got to commit. that's all. a lot coming up. we have to shift gears right now. a story we've been following out of georgia. a bizarre murder trial, where a convicted stalker is defending himself against charges that he murdered the roommate of his stalking target. waseem daker called his first witness yesterday. and steve osunsami is covering it from the courthouse. >> what about the stabbing of your son, nick? i'm sorry that i have to ask that, sir. do you need a minute? >> of course, not. >> reporter: in this crowded georgia courtroom, there were more tears tuesday, this time from the ex-husband of karmen smith, the flight attendant police say waseem daker strong med in -- strangled in 1995. he said he had an argument with his ex-wife the morning of her murder. but said he had nothing to do with the attack. >> mr. smith, did you have anything to do with the murder
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of karmen smith? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: police say daker stabbed her son 18 times. in some wicked twist of revenge against loretta blatz. >> i don't know why you would threaten me. you know you threatened me. and i don't appreciate it. >> maybe you're scared of me. but that you always think i'm going to kill you. i know things to worry about better than you. >> reporter: on tuesday, daker's first full day presenting his defense, jurors heard from his witnesses for the first time. the owners of the paintball group say it was blatz who was obsessed with daker. >> i told her that point, she wasn't allowed to play anymore because i was concerned about the relationship. and i didn't think it was a good situation for you to be in. >> after she had restraining order, she wanted to play? >> absolutely. >> reporter: this morning, the would-be lawyer maintains his
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innocence, as more witnesses, and everyone is waiting to see whether he, too, will testify, as the law allows. for "good morning america," steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> and, boy, it is obviously so tough for those witnesses on the stand. >> indeed. now, we turn, george, to lady gaga. the superstar delivering a public and personal response to attacks on her weight. posting revealing pictures of herself on her website. and launching what she is calling a body revolution. it's a brave step and a very powerful message. take a look. ♪ i'm on the edge of glory ♪ and i'm hanging on a moment of truth ♪ >> reporter: she has achieved pop icon status, as much for her music as for her brazen confidence. flaunts her toned figure in hit videos like "born this way." ♪ i'm on the right track, baby i was born this way ♪ >> reporter: now, though, lady gaga is proving to her millions
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of fans that her message of self-acceptance is not just for show. they are words she herself lives by. in a stunning move, lady gaga announced her 11-year struggle with her weight. posting this picture with the caption, bulimia and anorexia since i was 15. the declaration comes after a curvier gaga surfaced in a tour stop in amsterdam. now, she's taking aim at critics who say the pop songstress has packed on too many pounds. tuesday, she posted these pictures of herself, on her social website. littlemonsters.com. launching what she calls a body revolution. she is hoping to spark debate about self-love. and asking her little monsters to post pictures of themselves, celebrating triumphs over insecurities. >> lady gaga is telling those fat-shamers that it's not okay.
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we're not going to have it anymore. and i think she's going to help millions of people. >> reporter: in an interview with z100 radio host, elvis duran, gaga was unapologetic about 25 pounds she just recently gained. >> i really don't feel bad about it for a second. i have to be on such a strict diet constantly. >> reporter: of course,this isn't the first time lady gaga has used her star wattage to empower fans. in february, she launched an anti-bullying initiative. called the born this way foundation. she told robin about her passion project last fall. >> the charity's around inspiring bravery and kindness in youth all over the world. now, gaga hopes this campaign will inspire a new kind of bravery. ♪ i'm on the right track, baby ♪ i was born to be brave >> reporter: as fans join gaga's body revolution by posting their own photos and stories, gaga has been responding to them, praising people for being amazing and brave. george, she's literally going person to person trying to
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inspire people. >> lara, thanks very much. let's get the weather from sam. >> we're going to start with snow. gang, are you ready? >> no. >> no. >> okay. wow. i really just thought it would be a no. but -- let's get to the pictures. we start in loveland, colorado. now we're talking elevations, 10,000, 11,000 feet. a couple inches of snow already falling. but also, the peaks of the wasatch. some think this is beautiful, lara spencer. some are ready for this snow, by the way. and it's kind of a thing of the past, though. we're getting the warmer air shooting up the coastline from the southwest. look at seattle going up to the 70s by friday. salt lake city, 76, as well. l.a., 88 degrees. you may remember when l.a. was, what, 105 on the red carpet? >> boo. >> 125 some say. i don't know if that's true. in comes the rain along that stationary front. look for the red target zones. this is coming with strong storms. but most are happy to see the rain out of this. remember, so much of the country
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>> all that weather was brought to you by royal caribbean cruise line. amy, george, josh? >> would you say it's fair to say that sam's -- the greatest sign in "gma" history. sam, that's for you. you are yummy, like ham. >> thank you, guys, for making that sign. >> thank you, thank you. >> i like yummy ham, who doesn't? >> so do we, sam, i am. >> sam, sam. >> do you like it on a plane? do you like it on a train? >> on a train. do you like it at a pool party with an alligator? we'll find out about that coming up.
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♪ we were hopping and bopping to the crocodile rock yeah ♪ back, now, at 7:42. a new twist on pool parties. a florida man is spicing them up by throwing alligators in the water with children. that's a shock to a lot of the parents of those young guests. the gator wrangler says it's safe, clean fun. and abc's matt gutman has the story. >> reporter: some might call mixing gators and 8-year-olds a bad idea. bob barrett calls it a party. >> they love it. >> reporter: for $175, barrett and his staff will come to your house, dump a five-foot gator like this guy in the pool, and let the kids swim for their lives. well, not really. >> it took off like wildfire. everybody loves having the gator pool parties. >> reporter: barrett runs this alligator attraction in
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tampa, florida, called, well, alligator attraction. he says the inspiration for his party idea came last summer when business was sluggish. and he saw all of the other options available for children's parties. >> you're 9, 10, 11 years old. you've already had the jump-a-roo house. you've had the bounce house. you've had the pizza party. you've had the clown party. you get to have a pool party with a gator, it's a very popular party. >> reporter: chris jones was looking for something unique for her son marshall's 8th birthday party earlier this summer. >> they really were so into it. >> reporter: it turns out, her son wasn't the only person surprised by the party guest. >> we allowed all of the children to come to the party and the parents, without telling them about the alligators. >> reporter: barrett says this is all safe. he tapes the gator's mouth shut before the party. and says because the muscles they use to open their mouths are weak, there's virtually no
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risk of children being bitten. >> they go really fast. they're like, really cool. >> reporter: in a statement to abc news, florida fish and wildlife determined barrett isn't doing anything illegal. adding, we will say that this is not something that we encourage. but 8-year-old marshall jones doesn't care. he says he wouldn't mind seeing these party animals back at his house next year. for "good morning america," matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> i'm still a fan of the clowns and the ponies and the jumpy houses. those are good. >> ponies are out of work these days. >> you said that yesterday. >> i think -- again, handled responsibly, it's a great way to teach kids about wildlife. >> we're in. we're all in. >> a special edition of "sea rescue." coming up, josh has a "play of the day," that will have you puckering up. really? and an abc news exclusive, j.k. rowling opens up about her brand-new book and the big secret she's revealing for the first time ever. r. [ male announcer ] monopoly at mcdonald's is back
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here's "the play of the day." >> it's a good one. we want to introduce you to who is definite any low carrie underwood's number one fan. take a look at chase. he was in the audience in a concert in kentucky. he made a sign saying, would you be my first kiss? and take a look at what happened. >> how are we going to do this? >> lip-to-lip. >> oh! >> lip to lip. >> lip to lip. >> yeah, he did. >> all right. here we go. close your eyes. close your eyes. [ cheers and applause ] >> yeah! >> and he's a hero. he's a hero. oh, yes. slow-motion, no less. actually, this actually happens around here a lot more than you might think.
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coming up, julie bowen is here. as "modern family" week continues. oh, goodness.
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♪ this kiss this kiss >> oh. oh. >> oh, no. good morning i'm eric thomas. the man accused of murdering sire soar is due back in court today. antolin garcia-torres was arrested in may and being held without bond: police say they have dna evidence linking him to the 15-year-old who disappeared in mid march. >> mike is here with the forecast. good morning. big story below average temperatures everywhere except east bay valleys today. today coolest day in the forecast, 50s and 60s coast, 70s, 80s bay and inland. warming trend for the next couple of days extends to the
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hey, good morning, america. what -- guess what? you're about to have your morning punched with some energy. my very, very good friend, julie bowen, is about to come out on the stage right now. i want everyone in their living rooms, across america, to stand and rise, and to cheer. go, julie. here she comes. my very modern friend, miss julie bowen. >> i'm blown away. thank you so much. [ cheers and applause ] >> happening right there in times square. a lot of excitement for julie bowen. let's take a look. there she is in the dressing room right now.
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two-time emmy winner, julie bowen. you're a natural. you're all ready for 7:00, 8:00 in the morning. >> very excited. >> right. >> we are ready to have you. cannot wait, julie. looking forward to that in a few minutes. we have an abc news exclusive with j.k. rowling, the woman behind the harry potter phenomenon. taking us inside her brand-new book for adults. and reveals a personal secret she's never opened up about before. also ahead, new revelations about tom cruise, facing life as a divorced dad. and speaking out about the superstar's wrenching year. >> a loss this year. first, let's get the news from josh. >> we're going to begin with the race for the white house continuing today. focusing on the battleground state of ohio. no republican has ever won the
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white house without winning ohio. but polls show that mitt romney is trailing by as much as ten points in the state. trade policy with china will be front and center today. romney claims president obama hasn't been tough enough. and this morning, the obama campaign is slamming romney for his investment in chinese companies. new worries on wall street. global stocks down sharply today, partly because of growing unrest in europe. violent protests erupted in spain and greece, against severe new government spending cuts. meanwhile, here at home, despite encouraging news about the housing market, investors are concerned after the federal reserve announced that he's not sure the fed's pollies will be enough to get the economy going again. and the nfl and the locked out referees have reportedly returned to the bargaining table, amid the controversial call by replacement referees monday night.
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green bay lost that game, sort of. and now, the city's mayor has written a letter to roger goodell saying the scandal jeopardizes green bay's economy. and coppertone sunscreen, will settle a lawsuit for claiming it was water-proof. and whitney houston's daughter, bobbi kristina. tmz says she was a passenger in the black camaro you see there, when it was crashed in an accident in georgia. details remain sketchy. but sources say the two were arguing at the time. and finally, just what the state of california needs. the governor signed a bill allowing self-driving cars on the highway for testing. he went along for a test-drive
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at google's headquarters. the car uses radar, cameras and lasers to navigate roads. google admits it will be a few years before the cars will be fully operational on public streets. what do we think? what do we think? >> i might be better than some drivers. >> yeah. >> how do you argue with it over the directions, though? >> that's a very good question, though. especially when it has lazars. >> just back off. >> two hands on the wheel. a foot for the gas and brake. is this the hardest thing we have to do on the planet? >> apparently for some people. >> one hand on the wheel, texting. >> oh. >> no, no. >> it would be better. >> exactly. "pop news" anybody? >> yeah. >> let's do it. good morning to you all. we begin with those rumors that the party rocking was over. this morning, we can report that there's no need for lmfao fans to stop shuffling just yet. word that the duo was calling it quits made headlines after red
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foo, otherwise known as josh elliott, was putting the group on hold. but they have more wiggle on them. they have a statement from mr. sky blue, saying they are just taking time between albums to work on their own projects. >> oh. >> adding they are, quote, party rockers for life. >> and "gma" anchors by day. >> yes. >> i'm hoping they would cue that up. on sunday, you might have learned julianne moore bagged an emmy. and then, she bagged an emmy again. she was spotted sporting her emmy. she brown-bagged it and walked through l.a.x., in a more casual look than the chartreuse couture gown that was named by the one and only style mavin, josh elliott, as the best look on the red carpet. >> she was stunning.
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>> julie bowen also in chartreu chartreuse. the force very much alive for "star wars." at least for its theme song. it's as if the instrumental was whispering i am your father, to this fussy baby. watch. >> oh. >> mom and dad discovered, the iconic song would immediately hush their otherwise inconsolable guy. the force at work. it's been viral online. as has this one of a little west virginia fan who gets kind of cranky when dad won't pay attention to her. ♪ >> and then, she hears psy. oh, yeah. you know what they say. "gangnam style" soothes the savage beast. and finally, another video
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that's gone viral. this cat wants to get into this box. check it out. and his diet can wait. darn it. >> what? >> whoa. >> one final question for you, does this box make him look big? that's "pop news" everybody. >> whoa. >> tweet lady gaga. get the weather from sam. >> thank you. >> hi. oh, wait. i'm sorry. we were talking, chatting. tell me your name. >> christine. >> where are you from? >> reading, california. >> do you know this guy? >> i don't. i did. >> what's his name? >> todd. that's my husband. >> nice to meet you. >> let's get to the boards. one or two things going on this morning. we'll show you a live shot of washington, d.c. today. we'll use it to talk a lit bit about the cold front that drops in the northeast and the
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mid-atlantic today. that front will bring some strong to severe storms across this area. we think you have to keep your eyes up and open for the afternoon hours when it's likely to occur there. here's where the warm temperatures are in the south. more than ten degrees above normal. new orleans at 88 degrees. if you're not happy with the cold air that moves into new england after this front, the south is the place to be. san antonio is 92 degrees to
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>> it's a little cloudy in times square. but that's not a problem. let's go back into lara. sam is yummy like ham. "gma" will share with you this story. tom cruise, a close friend speaking out about the star on how he's really getting used to life as a single dad, after a, quote, wrenching year. plus, our abc news exclusive, interview with j.k. rowling. her brand-new book and the secret she's revealing to cynthia mcfadden. and "modern family" is taking over "gma." and today, it's julie bowen, live. all that and more, coming up on "gma" live from times square. ♪ leaving my homeland ," live from times square. away from here ♪ t ♪ change my life again ♪ ♪ fly by night, goodbye my dear ♪ ♪ my ship isn't coming ♪ and i just can't pretend oww! ♪
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welcome back, everyone. great crowd out here in times square. you know, he is one of the biggest stars on the planet. but since tom cruise and katie
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holmes split in june, he's getting used to being a single dad. and one of his friends spoke out about his new life. he's been a top gun. a rock god. and led several impossible missions. but tom cruise's toughest role, friends now tell "people" magazine -- >> all right, tom. >> reporter: is adjusting to being a single father to his 6-year-old daughter, suri. >> the difference between him and other single dads is he's a megastar. he's under a lot of scrutiny. >> reporter: since the rapid-fire divorce in june, cruise's ex, katie holmes, has gained full custody of their daughter, moving to new york city. >> suri seems to be adjusting to new york. she does miss her father. >> reporter: in this new "people" magazine article out friday, cruise's friend, christopher mckwarry, says the a-list star is heartbroken.
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>> he talks to suri several times a day. it's a major priority for him to communicate with her. >> reporter: while cruise spent one-on-one time with the first grader immediately after his divorce, back-to-back film productions across the globe has kept the actor away from her for the few months. there was no way he could not honor that commitment. you're talking about millions of dollars, hundreds of jobs. >> tom wanted to be there for suri on her first day of school. >> reporter: changes, friends say that are more than a plot twist in one of his movies. they are part of his real life. for "good morning america," see celia vega, abc news, los angeles. > a tough road to follow for anyone. we have an abc exclusive with the most popular writer on the planet. the author that imagined harry
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potter has written her first book for cults. cynthia mcfadden went to scotland to talk to j.k. rowling. >> this book is so secret, i had to read it in the publisher's office. this isn't the real book. there's a michael corder book underneath. they wouldn't let me leave the building without it. rowling may be known for her harry potters series. but her newest book could be no different. this new book is about a grim reality, in part drawn from rowling's own painful past. ♪ under my umbrella >> reporter: you may be wonder what rihanna's song "umbrella," could have to do with j.k. rowling. it's not that we're about to need one on this day. the song features prominently in rowling's new book. went into a couple of bookstores
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in town. and there's posters everywhere. >> i can't go in book shops at the moment. >> reporter: the new novel is called "the casual vacancy." it might as well be called great expectations, as millions of fans around the world have been anticipating this book for year ps it's about the secrets and conflicts revealed behind closed doors in a seemingly idyllic british town. it's been five years since harry. did you take five years to write it? >> i did other things during that time. yeah. on and off for five years. that's been my priority. i've been surprised by the fact that harry hasn't left me to the degree i thought he would. and i'm glad about that. >> you're a wizard, harry. >> reporter: for those thing that the world in rowling's new book relates in anyway to the magic of her harry potter universe, they're in for a surprise. >> there's adolescence sex. >> yeah. >> reporter: there's cutting.
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>> yeah. >> reporter: there's death. >> yeah. but it's a comedy. when i read the blurb, they said it was a black comedy. i would call it a comic tragedy. >> reporter: there's a rihanna song, "umbrella," that plays a very prominent role in the book. >> why is that? >> because of the rap at the beginning. ♪ let it rain coming down ♪ >> it's saying, i'm shock-proof. i'm famous. i have money. let the chips fall. and it says, i'm a girl that doesn't know the word, pain is not okay. >> reporter: there's a dark center. and i know that you've been very candid in talking about depression. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: to the point of feeling suicidal in your early life. as honest as rowling has been about that dark period in her life, what she reveals next,
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she's never talked publicly about before. >> we have an adult character in the book, who has obsessive compulsive disorder. these are things i know from the inside. >> reporter: the ocd part of it, as well? >> when i was in my teens, i had ocd. >> reporter: how did it man test? >> compulsions. checking things. >> reporter: those struggles are now behind her. depression is not a part of your life now? >> not at all. i would say i haven't been depressed or -- at least a decade. >> reporter: harry potter must have cheered you up some. i know that's cavalier because it's not a question of -- >> it cheered me up a lot. harry potter gave me back self-respect. harry gave me a job to do that i love more than anything else. if i had made just enough to justify to continue to write, it
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would have cheered me up a great amount. it's not that cavalier a thing to say. >> reporter: what's your reward? you've finished the book. you're going to go on the tour. >> which will be lots of fun. but i'm looking forward to getting home because we're getting a new dog. my reward is getting home and look after a new puppy. >> she is completely charming. after five, long years, how does the new book start? tomorrow, you'll find out right here, as j.k. rowling opens up and reads the first passage for us. she asked me, only a half-dozen, a dozen readers in the world, what i thought about the book and whether or not i cried at the end. we'll show you that, too. >> you can see more of cynthia's interview on "world news" and later on "nightline." and check out the newsmakers interview at goodmorningamerica.com. i love saying this. two-time emmy winner, julie
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bowen is with us. big win on sunday night. for our friend. so glad to have you. there you are. >> there i am. >> you like that? >> yeah. that's probably better than any own dance. >> that's a sampling of the magic, celebrating. >> yes. that's exactly right. >> we want to congratulate you on the win. >> thank you. it's crazy. it's really an embarrassment of riches. i'll be happy when everyone in the cast has one. >> of course. of course. you were so humble in your speech. last year, you did not prepare. you were shocked. were you superstitious? >> i was. it didn't occur to me. for some reason in my mind, repeats aren't allowed. but when eric won, for thefection two minutes i punished, oh, we're doing repeats? that's a possibility? and nothing came to my brain, though. and then, cat dennings came out in that dress. and nothing came to my brain, either. she was holding it.
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and i was thinking, that dress is working so beautifully hard. and it's making a beautiful statement. and she said my name. i hadn't thought of a thing. >> you would never have known. the speech was so touching. you remembered to thank your nanny. >> that was the only thing i could think of. that week leading up to the emmys, you go to a lot of parties. and it sounds really glam courthouse and really fun. heavens, there i am. hello, spray tan. >> right there, with you. >> god bless you my little spray tan. >> aren't they the best? >> it's like years and pounds just float away. love the spray tan. the whole week had been a series of parties and things going on. in years' past, my kids have been so little, they haven't noticed. this was the first year they really noticed and it became a group effort to make sure, between my husband, the babysitters and between everybody that was rotating
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through, to make sure they felt good and taken care of and not abandoned by mommy and her fancy dresses. the second i wore them, they're gone again. as if -- never seen again. >> you were so lovely about sofia. you want to be her when you grow up? >> she is such a -- she is such a female. and obviously. but she embraces that. and the strength of that. and i have always been more of a tomboy. and always feel more i need to play up my tomboyness. and as she says on her kmart ads, you are a woman, dress like one. and she inspired me to put on a tight-fitting fishtail gown. i feel like a little bit of an imposter. but she embraces all she can and
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all she came into the world with. and uses it to her maximum effect. and she's really smart. she's a businesswoman. i do want to be here when i grow up. >> and you shared with jimmy kimmel, i understand, some of the secrets to her dancing. we're going to show the clip. >> these americans, they have to do one thing. it's so easy. you do one thing. but in my country, you have to do this. it's true. that was more hopefully rendition what a bad dancer i was. she was like, america, one thing. but the entire time, we were in mexico for her birthday, it's like a constant movement festival. they're talking to you here. and the hips were going. >> and they're going in a different direction. >> everything is going in a different direction. it's harder and more fun. >> we saw a glimpse of that from
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the hbo party. >> how does that happen? >> it's just not human. it's not fair, either. >> it's really not. and how is that dress holding together there and couldn't hold together in a seat? it fell apart in the seat. >> unbelievable. i know you ended up going out to celebrate, as well you should. also celebrating, "modern family" big premiere, it's happening on -- >> tonight. >> tonight on abc. 9:00, 8:00 central. we're going to stick around and talk more to you. talk about the dress. talk about something else very important to you. everybody, julie bowen, when we return. and also, the first couple is off the most competitive "dancing with the stars" season ever. >> who? >> we're going to talk live. >> pamela anderson. >> we'll be back.
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good morning i'm eric thomas. police are meeting this morning with parents to discuss assault and kidnapping of 9-year-old girl. 2010 5-year-old bradley mrozek groped the girl in the elementary school, covered her mouth with his hand and carried her off campus. she broke away and ran back-to-school. police him to two other schools that same day. bumper-to-bumper behind the toll, stall upper deck year yerba buena island blocking a lane of traffic very slow approaching bay bridge. north 101 accident at whipple blocking off-ramp, slow northbound and southbound. new accident coming into san francisco north 101 at
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average at the east bay valleys. the weekend is going to nice crowd out there, in times square. listening to the "modern family" theme music. big premiere tonight. there's julie bowen joining us on the couch. how does it feel? >> to be on the couch? not bad. somebody just warned me that one of these is a special cushion. i don't know what that means. >> it's a couch of truth, julie. >> a couch -- does it make you taller? that's the one i want. >> and thinner. we have that one, too. >> i have an -- show some "dancing with the stars" right now. you see pam anderson and tristan macmanus, they were voted off. the competition is so tough. almost everyone is a winner or finalist. >> they got booted off?
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>> already, yeah. >> they were tough this time. >> all-stars, right? >> i wouldn't do one of those things. i could not. >> we just saw -- >> that was it. >> the bobble-head. that's it. that's all i can do. want to talk more about "modern family." congratulations. new season premieres. we want a glimpse from your tv husband, ty. one more clip. take a look. >> you're in no position to be asking for favors, young lady. drink this for your hangover. >> it smells gross. >> then you better drink it fast. >> i'm going to throw up. >> that's a hangover cure? >> no. >> the things were we putting in it before were raw eggs, pepper.
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and random things from the kitchen. >> how great does it feel to be back? >> it's great. we're back doing the job we love to do. and season four feels like it's going to be a great kickoff with the win from sunday night. it feels like people might actually watch again. >> i think they might. we want to talk about something near and dear to your heart. you are sharing a personal experience with food allergies. >> i have three sons. there they are. there's my boys. they're having -- >> gorgeous. >> a slushy at the farmer's market at 10:00 a.m. >> healthy kick. >> we do what we do. good enough is good enough. but we discovered my oldest son has a terrible food allergy to nuts and to bee stings, which is not a food. but went into anaphylaxis, which is a reaction. i teamed up with this group, a website called
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anaphylaxis101.com. i'm not going to bore you with the signs and symptoms. you need to find out what they were. we were lucky. he went into full-blown elephant man plastic surgery face. we knew right away there was something wrong. a lot of times anaphylaxis is more like -- my ears hurt. i'm scratchy. and people will ignore it. again, if that was played out, anaphylaxis101.com. and if you think you have reason to believe that you are one of the many, many people who have a food allergy or your child does, you can go say, we have an epinephrine auto injector. it seems scary. but the kids become their own best advocates. it becomes a conversation. we're trying to get the education out there so it doesn't seem like this big, scary, weird thing. and that kids in allergies aren't the ones off in a corner with a plastic bubble.
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my kid does everything normal kids do. >> bees be damned. >> daughters on the morning shows, you two. >> this is life or death stuff. if you're a parent, you want to know. you want to get educated. i thought i knew everything. and it turns out i didn't. >> i find that hard to believe, julie bowen. we love having you on the couch. will you come back again? >> yes. this is very comfortable. this cushion is comfortable. >> we gave you the special, good cushion. >> you see right behind you, the dress. >> i know. it's just here. >> it made its own appearance. >> i had no idea. it did not fly with me. it was a lovely gown. >> you were voted in places the best dressed. >> shocking. >> it looked natural. we can see more of your sun-kissed action on "modern family" tonight. it's back. >> let's say, the week
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continues. we might not give the next guest the special cushion. our next guest is -- by the way, that's you. and you look lovely in that shot. oh. >> sofia. >> you're going to have fun with that. >> she'll be doing julie impressions. >> you have to look like you're asleep. a zombie sort of a thing. we'll have more dancing. "dancing with the stars," the first all-star couple sent home last night. pamela anderson and tristan macmanus. and here's a look at their short journey. >> the all-star couple with the lowest overall combined total is pamela and tristan. >> reporter: pamela anderson became the first to exit the all-star edition of "dancing with the stars." >> i want to dance better. for me, it's not just doing the steps. but doing the steps right. >> reporter: after a rough cha-cha on monday. >> you need to work harder. you can do it, my darling. >> it was a bit shaky.
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but you didn't fall over. >> reporter: pam tried to give herself a pep-talk. >> i'm so emotional. an olympic athlete, you know, she's got the tea party, right? >> reporter: anderson emerged funny and feisty with jimmy kimmel. >> were you surprised by this? >> no. we got the lowest scores. >> yeah. >> and you know. that was a subtle hint. all these guys are so good. i don't know what's going on. >> i'm sorry this ended so soon. >> we're not going to stop dancing together. >> all right. >> i think we may have made a love connection here, at the very least. >> one-half of the love connection joins us, tristan macmanus. it's tough to leave that early, huh? >> i'll tell you. >> i guess the odds were stacked against you all. pamela was the only one who
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hadn't been a finalist or a mirrorball trophy winner before. >> initially, they were, yeah. sabrina ended up coming in, as well. and she was in the same case. yeah. i mean, they were. but different people have different challenges. and that was ours. but i thoroughly enjoyed myself, as short as it was. >> you said that dancing with pamela will pay off for years of being teased about your dancing. what do you want to say to those who teased you now? >> well, that was it. i got a chance. i was lucky enough that i got to spend a couple of weeks with somebody who i guess the majority of people want to share a day with. i got a couple of weeks out of it. and now, we're friends now. so, it worked out all right for me. >> that's very cool. she says she's going to rough you up a little. did that happen? >> yes. >> how so? not giving details on that. >> i thought we did.
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she's feisty. and so, i really enjoyed her. i enjoy her sense of humor. in that sense, i guess she probably did. i can give as much as i get. >> that's good. there's so much talent out there this season. who do you think has the edge right now? >> for sure. it's difficult to say. i mean, it is such a high quality show this season. but i'm really gong for me mate, val, now. and kelly i thought was unbelievable on the first night. everyone was. i'd love to see val do well. and when i got the boot, maybe next year. i've got to see val do well. and certainly, kelly. >> thanks for coming in this morning. good luck to you next year. let's go to sam with the weather. >> good morning, george. when you watched the first night, i'll tell you. the dances were so tough. and the dancers are so good, that the stakes were really raised. a enyou kind of knew that
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someone had to go home. let's get to the boards. we have one or two things going on this morning. we're going to start with st. louis. cloudy skies. this is one of the spots that could light up with strong to severe thunderstorms. and hawaii. we do not get enough pictures on the air from hawaii. a gorgeous, gorgeous weather. let's just -- aw. let's do aw and watch the pictures of hawaii. here's what we have going on for you in the west. it is probably some of the nicest weather on the boards. once you get off the shorelines, you get the numbers up in the 70s and it's really beautiful. you have the line that doesn't want to leave yet. today, it will fly to the south. it may be the last day that you get the area of strong to
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>> it's a good crowd out here in times square. oh, josh elliott, right over there. >> oh, sam champion. right over here, our next guest. he's now starring in the new abc drama, "last resort." scott speedman, playing the second in command of a rogue nuclear sub. it premieres tonight on abc. good enough to discuss it now. i understand you haven't seen this first episode? >> no. i have not seen the first episode. >> are you -- is that a -- >> i don't watch a lot of. for me, i do it for the people who watch it. i don't watch a lot of my own stuff. there's movies i've done i haven't seen. >> i have to get in on the show on the tropical island gig. it's not bad in hawaii. >> i didn't know what to make of it at first. it's amazing. you go to work every day. and i love in a crazy house in the mountains of honolulu.
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>> you poor guy. >> it's unbelievable. >> i talk to andre braugher on the weekend. and i asked him, what drew him to the character? he said, i wanted to keep turning pages. your character and his, he plays marcus chaplain, the captain of the sub. you have a great eye play here. >> i knew in a was going to work. when i read it, i liked it. but it wasn't until he signed on that i wanted to be involved. signing a seven-year contract. and i knew we would make the show really fly. he is a great man and a great actor. >> seven years. for actors in dog years, that's like -- >> i have commitment issues, as it is. seven years was going to be tough for me. >> i read the reviews. a lot of reviews love it. and a lot of them say something similar, they wonder where it's going to go next. do you have any idea where it's going to go next?
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>> sean rhyme did it of "the shield." he was on the helm. he was going to be doing it. how this was going to be a show? i don't know. >> i know you like it here. >> i do. >> but i hope you spend eight months of the year in hawaii, my friend. scott speedman, welcome to the abc family. "last resort," premieres tomorrow, 8:00, 7:00 central here. and coming up, meet the one-woman costume party, i suppose.
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welcome back. it's 8:45. we're back with the story of jessica mooney. she's the internet sensation known as dressy jesse. abc's linsey davis paid her a visit. >> reporter: while most people get dressed to go to work, jessica mooney gets dressed up after she gets to work. >> involves makeup, wigs, glasses. i think because i was a little lonely, i had gone through a job change. >> reporter: to make her day brighter, every morning at work, this marketing manager at the university of minnesota, throws a costume party. only, she's the only one who dresses up. and posts a picture of her costume due your on facebook. >> i love dressing up.
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>> reporter: her creativity and chameleon-like ability, has made dressy jessie an internet sensation. she has created a different costume every day for the last 3 1/2 years. on this day, she's the statue of liberty. >> if everybody said can you dress up every day for three years, anybody would think that's crazy. >> reporter: with a little makeup, and bobby pins, she's transformed herself hundreds of times. from gene simmons, orville redenbacher, linda tripp. >> i have one of those faces. >> reporter: no matter who she is, she almost always makes the same face. >> i started doing it. i kept doing it. >> reporter: each week has a different theme. last week for journalist week, she did walter cronkite and ron
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burgundy. in the end, i couldn't help but embrace the love of dressing up. and who else but dressing up into the quintessential anchor man. for "good morning america," linsey davis, abc news, los angeles. >> go to our website, goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! to see dressy jessie's many, many costumes. coming um, "the
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our friends carla hall and daphne oz are from "the chew," are here this morning. the chew crew has a new cook book. "the chew: food, life, fun." and the ladies are here to make some of the delicious recipes you can find inside. carla, take it away. >> i'm making chili con carla.
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how appropriate. it's amazing. here, lara, i sweated some onions. and i have over here, brisket, which is just in a bag. and i'm going to have you dump some salt and pepper in this bag. >> okay. >> you want to aggressively season it. and this can be -- >> you want me to do the whole thing? >> just go ahead. go ahead. and then, we're going to just massage it. >> shake and bake? >> exactly. shake and bake. massage it. >> massage the brisket. >> and then -- i know, right? so, as we are cooking our onions, we're going to take that meat. and we're going to sere it really well. i know. that's the secret. that's going to go in here. a little bit at a time, because you want to brown it. our secret is ancho chili. we're going to take hot water, get those soft.
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drain them. dump them into the blender. kick in some garlic, coriander, salt. you know? >> exactly. >> you're going to puree that. that becomes this. that goes in here. then, you take tomatoes. that goes in. and once that goes in, take some chilies, that goes in. and you cook that down. >> there is a kick to this. >> can you smell it? >> yeah. >> and here's the chili. it's cooked for almost four hours. we're going to garnish it with onions. cheese, avocado. >> and voila. how about that, gorgeous? and after you have the chili. >> this is my coconut pecan pound cake. it is -- you cannot deny this. it is delicious. butter and sugar, just nice and
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fluffy. add in your eggs. and give that a good beating. want to give me a hand? >> can you do me a favor, carla. baking powder and salt, we'll add that together. butter, milk, and three-parts of flour. >> i know why i like it now. >> that's the glaze. not to overbeat at this point. we want to keep adding this together. you do it three parts. don't overmix it. just until it's wet. put it in your grease pan for 60 minutes until it comes out clean. now, the glaze. wait for the glaze. butter, sugar, a little bit of water. oh. >> it's so good. >> every holiday party, this is what we're begging for. a little powdered sugar on top. >> chili con carla, so beautiful. >> your friends will love this.
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and you can make smaller portions. love it. >> these are a sampling of the recipes you can find in "the chew: food, life, fun." you can see carla and daphne on "the chew," weekdays. get the recipes you saw on goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! yummy.
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it is so good. fantastic stuff. big day tomorrow. sofia vergara here, live. it is "modern family" week. thank you to julie bowen for coming in today, as well. >> more from abc news' exclusive with j.k. rowling. >> thank you for watching.
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good morning i'm eric thomas. google may be ready to release a new mapping app for the iphone by the end of the year. apple replaced google's mapping service with its own. sparking complaints among customers. >> mike is here with the forecast. flight arrival delays into sfo. big story outside of the east bay valleys well below average, 70s south bay and north bay mix of 60s and 70s around the bay. it is going to get hotter weekend. early early stall on incline gone damage is done well backed up well into the maze. drive times heading out right now 580, 80 and 880: